Journalism Warning Labels & Tom Scott
Contents Not Verified It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content. I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. The articles these stickers are attached to are used strictly as an illustration: I'm not passing judgment on the specific articles or journalists. Let's start with the obvious one. I'm not sure how these newspapers would fill their pages without these. Oh yeah, that's what they use. The Daily Mail's attempt to classify everything as either 'causing' and 'curing' cancer is already well documented, but there are plenty of wacky medical claims in all the newspapers. This sticker's mainly for celebrity articles: Starsuckers did a good job of showing just how little verification is frequently done. ...and we all know what happens when you do this. Enough said, really. Make your own!